Last week I took care of a woman who was going home with hospice. As I entered her room the day she was leaving I heard her talking to her daughter on the phone. She was giving last minute instructions for the people who were going to deliver and set up her hospital bed at home. She said "honey, have them put that bed parallel to my big picture window in the living room, I want to be able to see the first snow flakes if I live that long".
I'm not sure Helen will be around to see the first snow. But you never know. She's pretty tough and has lived through some hard times. Either way, I will be thinking of her this year when I see those flakes, with a whole new perspective on snow.